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The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This includes people with addiction to alcohol, and people in recovery from opioid and substance use disorders. To help people understand their rights and responsibilities, a new document has been published by the New England ADA Center, “Addiction, Recovery and the ADA.” The PDF illustrates how the ADA applies to alcohol addiction, and the illegal use of drugs differently. This difference is illustrated though various scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. It also addresses how the ADA applies to persons that become addicted while using a legally prescribed drug like Percocet. There are thousands of people newly in recovery, unaware of their civil rights under the ADA; please share freely. Read more at the following link, https://www.newenglandada.org/addiction-recovery-and-ada.

By Oce Harrison
Project Director of the New England ADA Center, Institute for Human Centered Design

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